Mel Cowan began performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2006, and has studied under Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, John Ross Bowie, Jamie Denbo, Julie Brister, Seth Morris, Sean Conroy and Owen Burke. He performs regularly with the long-running team Sentimental Lady and began teaching improv through UCB in 2012.

He has written for THE ARRANGEMENT and BROCKMIRE, and has sold pilots to FX and 20th Century Fox. On screen, he has appeared in shows including RENO 911!, PARKS AND RECREATION, KEY & PEELE, BROOKLYN-99, as well as a couple of horror movies and a bunch of silly commercials. He is a Texas native and a graduate from the University of Texas' film program.